The Palembang LRT broke down many times, the Ministry of Transportation conducted a total evaluation
The Ministry of Transportation immediately conducts a comprehensive evaluation of the operation of the South Sumatra Light Rail Transit (LRT) following the sudden stopping of the Palembang LRT strike, South Sumatra, on Sunday (12/8) evening. The strike that occurred at the end of last week was not the first, but it has happened repeatedly over the LRT which began full operation earlier this month.
“This evaluation is expected to provide a solution to the improvement of the overall operational performance of the LRT, especially in order to support the 18th Asian Games which will soon be held in the City of Palembang,” said Director General of Railways of the Ministry of Transportation Zulfikri, Monday (August 13)
(source: CNN Indonesia)
Depok to copy Jakarta’s odd-even traffic policy on weekends
The Depok administration in West Java plans to implement the odd-even license plate traffic policy to alleviate traffic congestion.
Depok Transportation Agency head Dadang Wihana said one of the streets that might be affected by the policy was Jl. Margonda.
He added that according to surveys conducted by the agency, traffic jams on Jl. Margonda always happened over weekends, especially the first and fourth week of the month.
“The street is crowded in the first and fourth week of the month because residents receive their salaries then. They usually go to commercial and culinary centers during that time,” Dadang said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.
(read more: The Jakarta Post)
Grab defends position in Uber deal to Singapore’s anti-monopoly watchdog
Grab said on Friday (Jul 27) it disagreed with the Singapore anti-monopoly watchdog’s assessment that its takeover of Uber’s operations had harmed competition and called the commission’s suggested measure of removing exclusivity arrangements with drivers “one-sided”.
Earlier this year, Uber sold its Southeast Asian business to bigger regional rival Grab in exchange for a stake in the Singapore-based firm. But the deal has prompted regulatory scrutiny.
In early July, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) provisionally found that the merger had substantially reduced competition and suggested various remedies, such as the sale of their car-leasing businesses and removing exclusivity obligations on drivers who use Grab’s ride-hailing platform.
The CCCS is set to make a decision after Grab submitted its representation this week, and also taking into account public feedback. It has proposed fines on the firms.
(Read More: Channel News Asia)
Online ‘ojek’ drivers to protest during Asian Games opening
Drivers of app-based ride-hailing services are threatening to stage a protest during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games.
Two-Wheel Action Movement (Garda) leader Igun Wicaksono said the ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers demanded an increase in the fare from Rp 1,200 (83 US cents) per kilometer to Rp 3,000, like when online ojek started to operate in the country in 2015.
Igun explained that the rally, dubbed Aksi 188 Ojek Online (online ojek action 188) in reference to the date of the Games’ opening, had been scheduled for Aug. 18 because one of the ride-hailing app companies was a main sponsor of the Asian Games.
“The app company is a sponsor for the Asian Games by extorting the drivers’ blood and tears,” he said, as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.
Igun said 20 percent was deducted from every transaction made by the drivers for various expenses, including income tax. However, the drivers were never shown any proof of the tax payment.
Igun said that was why the drivers alleged that the company was sponsored the Asian Games using the deducted funds.
(Source: The Jakarta Post)
Indonesian government to build 10 new airports
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has said that the government plans to develop 10 new airports to support the development of tourism in the country.
He said the government was discussing financial resources for the planned projects.
“The valuation process is being discussed by the Finance Ministry,” Budi said in Jakarta on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.
Airports would be developed in Lampung, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara, Central Kalimantan, Bangka Belitung and North Sumatra, he said.
Tjilik Riwut Airport in Central Kalimantan was slated for completion this year, Budi said, adding that the the project had secured an investment of Rp 400 billion (US$27 million).
(Read More: The Jakarta Post)